Caroline Wozniacki, who is excited about marrying former world No. 1 golfer Rory McIlroy, came from a set down to beat beat Sabine Lisicki 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of Dubai Open.
The Danish tennis star and former world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki, spent time relaxing at Ski Dubai where she met the penguins and tried out the newly launched Snow Bullet zip line, while taking a break from her hectic training schedule.
She has spent several days in Dubai this year already, having been in town to support her fiance, Rory McIlroy, at the recent Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament.
"I am so excited - it's such an exciting time," Wozniacki said after her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Lisicki which, it transpired, had not really been the thing uppermost in her mind. "We have set the date," she admitted, without being prepared to say when that was. Was it this year? "You never know," she responded, but with a mile wide smile which gave the impression that it was.
Former champion Caroline Wozniacki on Thursday set a date with two-time winner Venus Williams in the semi-finals at the Dubai Duty Free Women’s Open. Wozniacki, who won here in 2011 and made two semi-finals after that, was never really troubled by quarter-final opponent Sorana Cirstea, who committed far too many unforced errors and was beaten 6-1, 6-2 in one hour and two minutes.
Going into Thursday’s quarter-finals, Williams was the lowest-ranked of the eight players at world No 44, while younger sister Serena is currently the oldest world number one in modern women’s tennis. “Obviously I have been working hard to get to this spot and everyone else has too. For me, I don’t really care who I play. I just want to be in the next round myself. Whoever I have to beat or win against, I have to work hard at it and hopefully do one step at a time,” Venus Williams said.
In a semifinal of former world No. 1 players, Venus Williams powered past Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-2 to storm into the Dubai final for the third time.
Williams, who lost the Auckland final to Ana Ivanovic last month, lost an early 2-0 lead in the first set, but from 2-2 always led in the 81-minute match. The 44th-ranked Williams, the Dubai champion in 2009 and 2010, failed to serve out the first set at 5-2, surrendering that eighth game at love.
Williams broke back immediately, converting a second set point. She broke the Dane's serve at 15-40 with a textbook backhand volley for 2-0 in the second set. Another break in the eighth game improved her record against Wozniacki to 5-0. "I didn't really feel like I could go out and play what I wanted to play," said Wozniacki, who won the Dubai trophy in 2011. "Once I got going, she started to play better as well.
Venus dominated eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-2 to reach the final of the Dubai Championships on Friday.
Serena Williams failed to secure a battle in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships against her sister Venus after she was beaten by Alize Cornet in straight sets. The world No.1 has never won the title in Dubai, and that run is set to continue after Cornet collected the biggest win of her career with a superb display to emerge a 6-4 6-4 victor.
Cornet was in control as she raced into a 2-0 lead, but Williams hit back. However, the American faltered on her serve once again as she was broken in the seventh game, but despite saving four match points to stay in the contest at 5-4 down, Cornet clinched the win to love on her serve to reach the final.